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Ian McDonald

Ian McDonald joined 4 New Square in October 2018, following the successful completion of his pupillage, and is developing a broad practice across Chambers' core areas, with a particular focus on commercial litigation, the conflict of laws, professional liability, construction, and civil fraud.

He recently appeared in Ang v. Reliantco Investments Limited [2019] EWHC 879 (Comm), led by Matthew Bradley, involving a jurisdiction challenge under the recast Brussels I Regulation (in particular, the choice-of-court and consumer contract provisions). He regularly acts in claims by or against professionals including solicitors, surveyors, and financial practitioners, and often appears in his own right in hearings and trials in the County Court. Given his background - Ian originally trained and worked as a journalist, before spending five years at Liberty, the human rights organisation, in senior media and campaigns roles - he also has a strong interest in public law.

Ian has particular expertise in the conflict of laws. He has worked as a teaching assistant on the Conflict of Laws module on the Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford and delivered tutorials in the same subject to visiting students at St Catherine's College, Oxford. During pupillage, Ian also taught BPTC Commercial Dispute Resolution classes on jurisdiction and foreign judgments at BPP University, and he won The Bar Council's Law Reform Essay Competition for his paper "One rule for all: An end to the Abouloff double standard on fraud and foreign judgments".
Contributed to


Brussels I (recast) and proceedings in third states (arts 33 and 34)
Brussels I (recast) and proceedings in third states (arts 33 and 34)
Practice notes

This Practice Note considers the impact of Regulation (EU) 1215/2012, Brussels I (recast) where there are identical or related proceedings pending before the courts of a non-EU Member State (or third state as they are often known). The relevant provisions in the regulation are Article 33 and Article 34 of Regulation (EU) 1215/2012, Brussels I (recast). This Practice Note includes discussion of the application of relevant provisions in the regulation to the UK as a third state following its departure from the EU (subject to the application of transitional provisions in the Withdrawal Agreement).

Practice Area


  • Contributing Author

Qualified Year

  • 2017


  • Liberty
  • CFLA


  • BCL, University of Oxford (Distinction)
  • LLB, University of London (First Class Honours)
  • BPTC, BPP University (Very Competent)

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